Thank you for this forum: perfectly named for my needs.
I am looking to upgrade my PC to facilitate video and audio editing, so my thinking was if I ask now about the best stuff I should be looking for, when it comes to forking out the cash in a couple of months, I'll have a list of things to look at, and hopefully they will be a bit cheaper then than now.
Perhaps if I detail my computer's specs and say what I want "ironing out" with the upgrade it will be easier to advise.
AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3500+
2.20 GHz, 1.00GB RAM
x2 200GB SATA harddrives, 8MB cache plus 500GB external harddrive
Graphics card: 256MB Geforce FX5500 AGP x DDR 128-bit
The issues I would like resolving with the upgrade:
When I edit in After Effects or move the CTI along an event on the timeline, it takes a while to see it in the preview window. This is even without effects added. In tutorials I've seen the preview window updates in real time. On my computer it's slooooow.
Using Sony Vegas... the same problem but not quite so often. With effects applied though, or previewing in Best (Full) mode it's choppy. The render times are staggeringly slow as well - something I desperately want to change.
VSTs are a notable memory hog, to be expected, but I would like to boost memory and speed as much as possible anyway.
I don't play games so don't need to consider that. Basically I just want a very fast and stable editing system.
So what would be the best bet? How out of date is my computer, what do I need to upgrade, and to what?
More RAM is obvious but which type? My processor takes DDR not DDR2 (and is there a newer type coming out soon? Should I wait?) so a new processor seems more than likely...? Or would just more DDR RAM work? I was hoping to get 8GB RAM but 32-bit systems only use half, so would 4 DDR RAM be OK? Bit confusing to choose at the moment.
Recommendations would be very much appreciated. Oh, my budget... well, as little as possible but I'll stretch to whatever it takes (within reason) to get what I want. I don't intend to upgrade further for years to come so want to get things just right. I edit with standard definition, though would like my computer to be able to easily edit HD if it ever comes to it.
Thank you for reading.